This page has info about the big events downtown, plus celebrations all around Ottawa in Kanata, Barrhaven, Orleans, etc. The Nation’s Capital is the headquarters for Canada’s birthday celebration on July 1, 2015. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people visit Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park, Jacques-Cartier Park, and other locations in the surrounding areas to celebrate Canada. This year is Canada’s 148th birthday.
What’s Open and Closed in Ottawa
- Groceries, beer, museums, malls – here’s a big list of what’s open (and what’s not) on July 1, 2015.
Official Canada Day Events Downtown
- Parliament Hill: On July 1, Parliament Hill will be the setting for Canada Day celebrations. Thousands of Canadians will converge on the Hill to mark their country’s birthday. In the morning, visitors will be able to attend the traditional flag-raising ceremony at 9 a.m., the Changing of the Guard at 9:30 a.m., and the Peace Tower Carillon concert at 10 a.m.
- Parliament Hill Noon Show: The Canada Day Noon Show, from noon to 1:30 p.m., will include speeches from dignitaries, a flypast of Vintage Wings—honouring the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain—CF–18 fighter jets, and the Snowbirds Demonstration Team. The show will also feature outstanding talent from across Canada.
- Parliament Hill Afternoon Program: East Lawn: Swing dancing, high-energy acrobatic performances and bilingual dance workshops from Ottawa’s Swing Dynamite Dance School; West Lawn: A Flock of Flyers—an innovative dance troupe—is choreographed down to the millimeter. The Flyers have paraded their hilarious manoeuvres before audiences around the world.
Parliament Hill Evening Show: The Canada Day Evening Show starts at 7:30 p.m. and ends with fireworks at around 10 p.m. A one-hour edition of the evening show will be televised on CBC and Ici Radio-Canada with special programs on ARTV and Espace Musique. The show will also be broadcast live in its entirety on CBC Radio 2, CBC.ca and radio-canada.ca.
- Major’s Hill Park: Click for schedule…
- Jacques Cartier Park: Click for schedule…
- Other official sites: Click here for schedule… (includes special programming at museums and other major national venues)
- THE FIREWORKS: Canada Day Fireworks start at 10:00pm…
More Canada Day events in the community
- The best way to get downtown is by bus.
- Bus service is free all day on Canada Day on OC Transpo buses. OC Transpo is running on a special holiday schedule on July 1, with additional service during the day. There are also free park and ride locations near several transit stations.
- Bus service is free after 10:00pm on Canada Day on STO buses (Gatineau).
- A FREE Canada Day Shuttle Bus between Jacques-Cartier Park (Gatineau) and the National Gallery (Ottawa) will be offered from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on July 1.
- Most of the streets around Parliament Hill, Jacques Cartier Park, and Major’s Hill Park are closed on Canada Day. Don’t bring your car downtown!
- Here’s a full list of road closures, plus info about bike parking, shuttle buses, and more…
- Click here for an overview of City of Ottawa fireworks bylaws.
- Consumer fireworks may be discharged on the day of, day before or the day after Canada Day. They must be discharged by someone 18 or older, and on private property, with permission of the property owner. Minimum safety distances as indicated on the fireworks product must be maintained from spectators, buildings and vehicles. The fireworks display must not cause danger or nuisance to any person or property.